Creating isos from PPAs

Martin Pitt martin.pitt at
Tue May 1 19:39:51 UTC 2012

Chase Douglas [2012-05-01  9:53 -0700]:
> I would like to have a developer tool that allows for someone to spin an
> ubuntu iso with a set of ppas enabled. Then someone else, say someone
> from the design team, could run the iso under test drive or even on
> metal to see the changes. I imagine this is possible, but I don't know
> where to look. Any pointers would be appreciated.

The closest thing to this that we already have is
ubuntu-defaults-image from the ubuntu-defaults-builder package. It
currently only allows you to add one PPA, but it's a very simple fix
to allow arbitrarily many.

So you can currently do

  ubuntu-defaults-image --ppa chase/koolstuff --package ubertouch

and it'll build an .iso for you. Please check the manpage for further
details, and feel free to ping me/file bugs/send patches for

If you want to do something more complex, you can use live-build
directly, but it takes some setup and learning.


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